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01 Sep 2017 description

Mogadishu, 1 September 2017 – The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has reiterated its commitment to help establish a strong and professional police force capable of handling security challenges facing the horn of Africa country.

The remarks were made on Thursday by the AMISOM Police Coordinator for Operations, Daniel Ali Gwambal, during the closing ceremony of a 10-day training course on child protection and basic counter insurgency for Somali police officers held in Mogadishu. The training was conducted by officers from the AMISOM Police component.

21 Aug 2017 description

Mogadishu, 21 August 2017 – A new battle group of the Burundi National Defence Force (BNDF) arrived in Somalia today, commencing a one year tour of duty under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

The 45th battalion of the BDNF, led by Lt. Col. Philbert Hatungimana, landed in Mogadishu on Sunday to replace battalion 39, which is rotating out after completing its tour of duty, during which it helped the Mission achieve its mandate of restoring peace and stabilizing Somalia.

25 Jul 2017 description

Mogadishu, 24 July 2017 – A joint meeting of senior officials from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) opened in Mogadishu today, to lay groundwork for the transitioning of Somalia’s security from AMISOM to the country’s security forces.

The four-day meeting was officially opened by the Deputy Prime Minister H.E Mahdi Mohamed Guled and the Special Representative of the African Union Commission Chairperson (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Caetano Madeira.

16 Jul 2017 description

Mogadishu, 16 July 2017 – The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) would like to repudiate allegations by a local media organization, which claimed that its convoy killed a woman in Albao area, 20kms northwest of Mogadishu, on July 9, 2017. In the interest of the people of Somalia, AMISOM would like to state the following;

  1. On 9 July 2017, an AMISOM convoy from Albao Forward Operating Base (FOB) ran into an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), which exploded and seriously damaged one of its vehicles.

09 Jul 2017 description

Mogadishu, 08 July 2017 – The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has donated to the Somali Federal Government, an assortment of food and non-food items to assist drought-affected, internally displaced communities.

Ambassador Francisco Caetano Madeira, the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, said the donation will benefit about 200 households living in a camp for internally displaced persons at Kilometre 13, in the outskirts of the capital Mogadishu.

30 Jun 2017 description

Mogadishu, 30 June 2017 – A symposium bringing together Somali diaspora returnees and homeland communities ended yesterday with a call for regular dialogue to strengthen relations with between the two groups.

Participants at the two-day meeting said it was important for diaspora returnees and locals to dialogue regularly to understand each other and iron out the false perceptions that exist among them.

16 Jun 2017 description

Kismayo, Baidoa, Belet Weyne, 15 June 2017 – A delegation of senior AMISOM Police officers visited Jubbaland, South West and HirShabelle states to assess the needs of the Somali Police and identify areas that require urgent support.

The delegation led by Police Commissioner Brig. Gen. Anand Pillay held meetings with top security officials in the administrative centres of Kismayo, Baidoa and Hiiran.

14 Jun 2017 description

AMISOM PR/051/2017

Mogadishu- June 6th, 2017: The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) dismisses as highly flawed, a research report on Somali perspectives on AMISOM published by the International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI) titled ‘They Say They Are Not Here To Protect Us’, published on 31 May 2017.

01 Jun 2017 description

Mogadishu, 1 June 2017 – Soldiers serving under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have completed a three-day training on preventing recruitment and use of child soldiers in armed conflict.

The exercise organized by AMISOM’s Protection, Human Rights and Gender Cluster, held in Mogadishu, is part of the ongoing in-mission training activities for uniformed personnel from AMISOM Troop Contributing Countries (TCC’s).

25 May 2017 description

Mogadishu, 25 May 2017 – At least twenty-three thousand students from 77 schools across Somalia sat for the unified national examinations for secondary schools, which ended yesterday. The number is double the students examined last year, according to the federal Minister for Education, Culture and Higher Education Mr. Abdirahman Dahir.

The number of students examined in the unified national examinations has grown steadily in the last three years, from 3,500 students in 2015 to 23,000 this year.

24 May 2017 description

Mogadishu, 23 May 2017 – The local community living near the African Union base camp in the Somali capital Mogadishu, are now enjoying uninterrupted supply of clean water.

A water point constructed by the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), was handed over to the community today, by the AU Special Representative for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Caetano Madeira.

21 May 2017 description

Nairobi, 20 May 2017 – A ten-day Training of Trainers course for representatives of the Somali Security Sector ended at the International Peace Support Training Centre, in Kenya’s capital Nairobi on Friday, with a commitment to end the recruitment and use of children in conflict.

The training organized by the AMISOM Protection, Human Rights and Gender Unit, in line with AMISOM’s capacity building support to the Federal Government of Somalia, was sponsored by the British Embassy in Somalia in partnership with the British Peace Support Team-East Africa.

11 May 2017 description

Mogadishu, 10 May 2017 – EU Ambassador to Somalia H.E Veronique Lorenzo yesterday announced Euro 49 million funding to boost Somalia’s education sector during celebrations to mark European Union’s 60th anniversary since its formation.

The signing of the new education package, took place in the capital Mogadishu, between the EU ambassador and the Minister of Planning, Investment and Economic promotion of the Federal Government of Somalia, Mr. Jamal Mohamed Hassan, during celebrations to mark Europe Day.

09 May 2017 description

Kismaayo, 09 May 2017 – A newly refurbished police station was handed over to Jubbaland authorities in Kismaayo, the administrative capital of the Jubbaland state, on Monday, by the Police component of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), as part of the AU Mission’s support, to policing and maintenance of law and order in Somalia.

The fully equipped police station, handed over to the Jubbaland Police Commissioner Mr. Ahmed Nasir Guleed, at a ceremony attended by senior AMISOM officials, is expected to boost the rule of law in the state.

09 May 2017 description

Mogadishu, 07 May 2017 – Youths drawn from Mogadishu’s seventeen districts on Sunday resolved to embrace non-violent ways in resolving conflicts, at the end of a peacebuilding workshop, in the capital Mogadishu.

At least 70 youth participated in the two-day workshop, aimed at enhancing their peacebuilding skills and building their capacity in conflict resolution and problem solving.

05 May 2017 description

Mogadishu, 5 May 2017 – The deteriorating drought situation in Somalia has forced hundreds of families to abandon their homes in search of food and water in major towns.

However, some of the drought victims have adopted ways to beat the worst drought to ever face the Horn of Africa country in the last five years to supplement assistance received from aid agencies.

17 Apr 2017 description

Beletweyne, 16 April 2017– Youths in Beletwayne have resolved to work closely with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and Somali security forces to improve security in the region.

The resolution was made last Friday during a two-day conference organized by Hiran Youth, an umbrella youth organization in collaboration with HirShabelle administration.

04 Apr 2017 description

Mogadishu, 4 April 2017 – Senior AMISOM officials yesterday held a meeting with the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) representatives and senior commanders of the Somali National Army (SNA) to discuss modalities of opening and securing main supply routes to help facilitate delivery of humanitarian aid to drought stricken communities in the country.

25 Mar 2017 description

Mogadishu, 24 March 2017 – The Special Representative of the African Union Commission Chairperson (SRCC), for Somalia Ambassador Francisco Caetano Madeira today appealed for more AU funding for Quick Impact Projects, in areas liberated from Al Shabaab.

He made the appeal at Ali Haji Primary School in Mogadishu, where he accompanied a visiting delegation of the AU Peace and Security Council.

The school, which caters for an estimated 500 pupils from internally displaced camps within Mogadishu’s Wadajir district, was built with support from AMISOM.

24 Mar 2017 description

On March 23, 2017, the African Union Commission, under the leadership of the Commissioner for Peace and Security, H.E. Ambassador Smail Chergui, convened a high-level consultation on the future of AMISOM and support to security sector institutions and reform in Somalia. Senior representatives of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, European Union, United Nations, and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, namely China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, United States were present.